Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils offering grants and loans for property boost

Mark Westley Photography'Mid Suffolk District Council building in Needham Market. ANL-140710-194634009

Mark Westley Photography'Mid Suffolk District Council building in Needham Market. ANL-140710-194634009

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Home owners and landlords in Mid Suffolk and Babergh are being urged to take advantage of grants and government-backed loans to improve their properties.

The two district authorities run grant schemes that funds landlords, up to 50 per cent of the total cost, in order that they can provide efficient heating systems and insulation in tenanted homes, as well as grants of up to £5,000 for home owners to help them ensure their properties meet the Decent Homes Standard.

Homeowners can also apply for a loan of up to £15,000 to help bring their properties in line with the guideline standards.

Cllr Jennie Jenkins, Babergh District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We are hopeful that many landlords and homeowners will read about our grant and loan scheme and start to apply.

“Both councils feel that good quality and appropriate housing is vital to all of us and essential to ensuring successful and dynamic communities.”

Cllr Nick Gowrley, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, added: “If we can help homes to become more efficient by helping to fund affordable, efficient and controllable heating then both the landlord and the tenant can benefit.

“Further to this if we can also help to ensure a consistent, decent standard, as well as bringing some properties back online to help meet housing need, I feel we are delivering both councils’ ambitions for housing in our districts.”

Both councils have a pot of £200,000 each for the grants and loans.

For further information and application advice, call Private Sector Housing on 01473 826639